Millie Bobby Brown Says She's "Healing" After She Was "Publicly Humiliated" by a TikTok Creator

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Millie Bobby Brown is finally sharing what prompted her to quit social media and why an 'unhealthy situation' gave her the strength to move on and reclaim her own narrative. In an interview with Allure, the Stranger Things star shared that she was in a relationship with TikTok personality Hunter Ecimovic, but decided to cut ties with him in January 2021. Later that summer, he would come out with claims that the two "were in a sexual relationship when Brown was a minor," reports Entertainment Tonight.
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"No one on set knew I was going through this. So it was kind of nice to just be able to handle it myself, and no one else knew," she told Allure about the intense emotions she felt in the character, Eleven. "Then it was more difficult when the whole world knew."
Ecimovic also stated that he "groomed" and manipulated Brown, which her team denies.
"Mr Ecimovic's statements on social media are not only dishonest but also irresponsible, offensive and hateful," their representatives said in a statement. "Instead of entering into a public discourse with him via the press or social media, we are committed to ensuring that he ends this behavior once and for all."
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Brown went on to say that the relationship was just a "blip" in her life and that she's moved on.
"It's been a healing year," she said. "When you are publicly humiliated like this, I felt so out of control and powerless. Walking away and knowing that I'm worth everything and that person didn't take anything from me felt very empowering. It felt like my life finally turned a page and that I actually finished a chapter that felt so damn long."
She added that she wanted to share her story so other girls don't find themselves in similar situations. She adds that while many celebrities seem to have perfect personalities, no one is perfect — and she's proud of that.
"Ultimately in my career, I just wanted to help young girls and young people out there to know that I'm going through things, too," she concluded. "I'm not that perfect person who sells skincare products and [who] is on Stranger Things. I made absolutely wrong decisions.”
Since bursting into the spotlight following the Stranger Things breakout premiere, Brown has deleted her Twitter and TikTok accounts, leaving Instagram and Facebook to her team. The only online presence she has is her blog on the Florence by Mills website, which she says is an ideal place to express herself because "nobody can comment".
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